Do you ever feel like you are currently in a career that is not for you? Brenda Lenneman is a graduate of the 2013 FIMBA cohort for that very reason. Brenda graduated from Central Michigan University with a major in General Business Administration and a minor in Leadership. Shortly after graduating she was offered a job at an insurance company, where she then continued to work for 2 years. She realized at that time that insurance was not what she loved. Brenda chose FIMBA because it gave her the opportunity to gain hands on experience in the health care industry.
She completed her fellowship at Spectrum Health as a rotational program throughout Human Resources. At Spectrum she was encouraged to explore the company and meet individuals from all different departments. Human Resources began to grow on her during her fellowship; however, during her third rotation she found what she was looking for.
"There is no doubt in my mind I would not be in the position I am in, had I not done FIMBA," said Brenda.
When she looks back at her time with FIMBA she is amazed by how fast it went. Although there are so many memories, the one that stuck out to Brenda the most was the international trip. The FIMBA 2013 cohort traveled to Beijing and Chengdu, China and Ho Chi Minh Vietnam. She found this experience to be an eye opener and enjoyed having the time to experience the different cultures. It was also a bonus for her that she was able to experience this with close friends (cohort).
She would strongly recommend this program but suggests having a few years work experience going in.
"The program also has strong leadership who really want to see it succeed. I can't speak for other MBA programs, but if you are looking for one that adds a high level personal touch - FIMBA is a great choice," said Brenda.
After going through this program herself Brenda had a few words of wisdom that she wanted to pass on, "utilize your resources". She said it is important to take this opportunity to expand your network and to build connections whenever possible.